Today’s economic uncertainty underscores the need for reliable, stable and sustaining employment. Members of the community as well as Allan Hancock College students can explore their career options at the annual Career Exploration Day at Allan Hancock College Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. The free event will match future employees with employers and the educators who will help prepare them for their new career. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon on the Santa Maria campus Commons.
Some of the best jobs today did not even exist 10, five or even one year ago. And many of these new opportunities require some college, but very often, a two-year degree or less. This includes rewarding jobs such as nurse, firefighter, auto technician, dental assistant, machinist and more.
“We are seeing nurses receiving signing bonuses on top of their lucrative salaries; automotive technicians continue to be in demand; and dental assistants are snapped up after completing the nine-month program,” said Anne Cremarosa, academic dean.
Representatives from more than 50 different companies, including employers from manufacturing, agriculture, law enforcement, the military, civil service and the medical field, will be on hand to talk specifics about their industry and the education it requires for employment. In addition, representatives from the college’s various academic and career technical education departments such as welding, public safety, nursing, business, culinary arts and more will also be available to talk about corresponding courses and career options.
“Our goal with this career event is to make sure our students and residents know that excellent jobs are available locally and beyond,” Cremarosa said.
In addition to members of the public and college students, approximately 1,000 local high school students will attend to learn more about potential career fields.
A highlight of the event will be tours of some of the labs at the college, including the culinary arts teaching kitchen, the high tech auto lab and the new science labs. Attendees will also enjoy the harvest festival activities organized by the college’s viticulture/enology program.
Employers interested in showcasing their industry at the Career Exploration Day should contact Lynn Mayer in the Career & Technical Education Center at 922-6966 ext. 3374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.